Resurgent Cleethorpes Town twice hit back against Eccleshill to bag points
LEE McFarland's winner ensured Cleethorpes Town kept pace with the high-flyers in the Baris Northern Counties East League Division One title race.
The Owls twice came from behind to triumph 3-2 against Eccleshill United at Grimsby's Bradley Community Stadium on Saturday.
Andy Liddle's men lie second in the table, four points behind Athersley Recreation, who won 4-2 at Bottesford.
Louth Town, in third place, are two points behind the Owls with a game in hand.
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Cleethorpes, who made three changes to the starting-XI, suffered a poor start, with Doug Stevenson slotting home to give Eccleshill the lead after two minutes.
Fluid passing from the visitors, who had achieved back-to-back 4-0 victories going into the game, ensured Cleethorpes struggled to gain possession.
The recalled Jack Debnam had the Owls' first glimpse at goal, seeing a shot well saved.
But Cleethorpes goalkeeper Scott Drury then had to make a smart stop to prevent the visitors gaining a two-goal lead.
The hosts battled on, though, and equalised on 27 minutes when Debnam charged in at the far post to convert a cross across goal.
But after some hesitant defending, Drury's attempted clearance cannoned off the back of Eccleshill's Dylan Stone and gifted the visitors the lead.
The Owls were back on level terms again just before half-time, though, when Daniel Barrett ghosted in behind the visitors' defence and beat the keeper.
And within three minutes of the restart, Cleethorpes took the lead for the first time.
McFarland won possession high up the field, drove into the box and curled the ball into the corner.
There was no let-up in the end-to-end action and both teams were wasteful in front of goal.
Debnam and Jonathon Oglesby missed chances for Cleethorpes while, at the other hand, Drury and Lawrence Heward had to combine superbly to prevent Eccleshill's best chance of the second half resulting in an equaliser.
The Owls switched to a more defensive formation for the final ten minutes but grinded out a good three points to keep them second in the league ahead of Saturday's trip to Knaresborough.